Voters Warned Not to Tweet Ballot

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May 26, 2012

From FOXNews.com/Associated Press

MILWAUKEE – High-ranking members of both political parties were unaware that posting photos of completed ballots on Facebook or Twitter is illegal in Wisconsin, and they promised to quickly take down the posts Friday after election officials reminded voters of the law.

The law bars voters from showing their completed ballots to anyone. The intent is to prevent people from selling their votes and then showing their ballots as proof they voted as requested, Wisconsin Government Accountability Board spokesman Reid Magney said.

But some voters — including Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate and St. Croix County Republican Party Chairman Jesse Garza — were unaware that the posts violated state law. Tate and Garza said they were immediately taking down photos of their absentee ballots.

The warning comes ahead of Wisconsin’s heated June 5 recall elections targeting Republican Gov. Scott Walker and five other elected Republicans.

The violation is a Class I felony, punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine. However, it’s unlikely prosecutors would be aggressive about seeking charges.

To read more, visit:  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/05/25/officials-in-wisconsin-accidentally-break-law-using-facebook/

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